MUMFORD – Genesee Country Village and Museum took its annual trip to 1865 this past weekend with reenactors, costumes and historically accurate vignettes and demonstrations.
Visitors strolled through the historic village, which includes some of the the Genesee Valley’s best preserved historical houses, on July 18 and 19 as civilians dealt with wartime shortages, mixed school lessons and farm duties with rallies, sewed for soldiers, and cared for the wounded.
Each day had two battles, one with mounted cavalrymen and artillery defending the surrounding community from being blasted by cannon shells, and the other with the infantry maneuvering around houses and shops, over fences, and through enemy lines as one side defends the village from being stormed.
Townsfolk occupying the village held concerts, offered specialty shopping and vignettes depicting civilian life during the war.
This year’s event featured a special visit from President Abraham Lincoln, portrayed by professional historian Fritz Klein. Lincoln walked the grounds, inspected the Federal troops, told tall tales to children, and delivered the original “Reconstruction” speech given April 11, 1865 just days before his assassination.